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Suspension of a certificate places
a temporary hold on the validity of a digital certificate without causing
irreversible revocation. If it later turns out that the certificate
should still be considered valid after all, the suspension can be removed,
and the certificate will once again be valid. Suspension can be accomplished
by placing a digital certificate into a CRL with a suspended status
and a reason code for that suspension.
Why suspend a certificate rather
than permanently revoke it? You may want to temporarily suspend a certificates
validity because the subscriber has not paid their annual service fee,
or the subscriber invokes behavior that leads to certificate investigation.
Suspension vs. Revocation
You would suspend a certificate, rather than revoke it, if there is a temporary problem (such as a delinquent account) or if there might have been a compromise of the key, but its still being investigated. Suspension does not permanently invalidate the key, whereas revocation does.
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